Thursday, 27 August 2015

BuddhiBox Review - August 2015 - Eco-Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODES

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? BuddhiBox
How Much? $30.95 per month, plus $9.99 shipping to Canada (US$)
What’s in it? Mix of 4-6 full-size products and product samples to enrich mind, body, and soul.

BuddhiBox is a subscription service for yoga lovers. The goal of BuddhiBox is to deliver "monthly mindfulness through a curated box of products that enhance your yoga practice and lifestyle". Each month you will receive items that enrich mind, body, and soul. Items may include healthy food, supplements, beauty products, and yoga accessories. A monthly BuddhiBox will include 4-6 products for you to discover and share. Even if you don't practice yoga, BuddhiBox is for people who enjoy a peaceful and mindful existence. BuddhiBox practices Saucha (living purely) and only partners with businesses that follow ethical and conscious standards in production. They also donate a portion of proceeds to charity. 
If $41 US per month is too much for you, BuddhiBox also offers a mini version. For only $11.95 per month, plus shipping, you can get 2-3 product samples and coupons. This review is for a regular box.

Click here to see all my BuddhiBox reviews.

The yoga pose card for this month is the Lotus Pose (Padmasana) and the recipe is for Iced Coconut Marley Coffee.

First look!

Marley Coffee One Love Medium Roast (8oz, $10)
From the birthplace of coffee, this organic medium roast tantalizes your palate with exotic floral and berry notes. One Love, one heart, 100% Ethiopia Yirgacheffe.
Marley Coffee is founded by one of Bob Marley's sons and uses only sustainably grown and ethically farmed coffee beans from around the world. I'm thinking of using this bag of grounds for cold-brew so I can have a pitcher of coffee ready to make Iced Coconut Marley Coffees!

Chopra Center Satwa Sandalwood Incense ($8)
For thousands of years, Ayurveda has used the subtle power of fragrance to reestablish balance and harmony in mind and body. Using rare forms of natural, pure, red and white sandalwood powders and oils, Satwa Premium Sandalwood Incense creates the perfect atmosphere for your timeless experiences.
I need to get an incense burner to try these out!

Chopra Center Meditation Downloads ($7) - Not pictured
This gives 3 sample meditations for free (online streaming - no sign up required), plus 20% off any Oprah & Deepak 21 Day Meditation Experience programs.

Wellsmith Scented Shea Butter (1oz tin, $6)
Shea butter is a great all over body moisturizer for very dry, ashy, skin. It comes from the nut of the African Shea Tree. Shea butter has the consistency of butter and should be stored in a cool area. To use, take a pea size amount and roll it in the palm of your hands to warm it up. Rub into your skin anywhere on you body. While it may seem a bit oily at first, the skin quickly absorbs the oils.
I have horribly dry legs so I'm going to give this a try. I've never liked using pure Shea butter because of the oily feeling but now I understand that oiliness is the point! My skin needs it and will absorb it all up.

Jesse & Co Lotus Pewter Necklace ($25)
A symbol of spiritual awakening and enlightenment, the lotus flower grows in the mud yet blossoms above the muddy water clean, fragrant and beautiful. Keep the lotus close to your heat and stay on your spiritual path with this lovely pewter necklace. 
I love this necklace! It's delicate and the flower is very pretty. Silver-toned small pendant necklaces are my thing so this is perfect! I also love the Jesse & Co Open Leaf Necklace.

My Mat My Mantra Magnet ($8)
Inspire your practice and daily life with this unique yoga mat magnet. A good reminder to spend some time on your mat, help you let go, quiet your mind and free your spirit.
We previously received a yoga mat sticker, and now have a magnet. This would go great on the fridge as a reminder to "get your buddhi on the mat"!

The August BuddhiBox included five items, plus online meditations, with a retail value of $64 US. This box costs $41 US for Canadians (including shipping). These are all great products for mindfulness and wellness. I'm most excited about the coffee. The Iced Coconut Coffee recipe sounds fantastic.

Interested in BuddhiBox? Save $3 off a month-to-month subscription using promo code buddhifriend at checkout. This August box is still available for one-time purchase, while supplies last. Check out the Buddhi store to pick up your own.

Click here to check out BuddhiBox.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Yarn Crush Review - August 2015 - Canadian Knitting Subscription Box + PROMO

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Yarn Crush
How Much? $32.99/month or $34.99/bi-monthly, + tax & $8.50 shipping   (US$)
What’s in it? At least 1 full-sized skein of yarn, pattern for a small to medium knitting project, notions to complete the project, and a fun bonus gift!  

Yarn Crush is a new subscription box for knitters, based in Pickering Ontario. August is their inaugural box. Each month you’ll receive at least one or two full-sized skeins of yarn, along with a beautiful knitting pattern, designed by Yarn Crush. You will also receive fun or useful extras. The retail value of what you receive every month is always guaranteed to be higher than the subscription price, so no matter what, you'll always get a great deal!

Yarn Crush includes high-quality, beautiful yarns from indie dyers, small businesses, and also well-known yarn brands. Along with the pattern included in the box, Yarn Crush also sources other patterns, for knitting and crocheting, that will work perfectly with the month's yarn selection and posts them on the Yarn Crush blog. While the box is aimed at knitters, crocheters can also benefit from Yarn Crush. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to see the alternative patters for August.

There is no product card, but you can find more detail about each product, along with additional pattern ideas, on the Yarn Crush website. Click here to see all about the August box.

I'm not a knitter, so for this review, I elicited the help of my needle-crafting mother. Also, Yarn Crush bills in US dollars (which is unfortunate, given that they are a Canadian company), so all pricing for this review is in US dollars as well). 

Oroya Lace Beaded Shawl Pattern & Digital Download ($5.99)
Oroya is an airy lace shawl inspired by the leaves of the Oroya Peruviana cactus. It’s dappled with tiny seed beads along the bottom edge that perfectly catch the sunlight. 
Along with the printed version of this pattern, we also received a PDF, plus a free digital download from the needle-craft onilne community, Ravelry. My mom is a Ravelry member so she was able to download the pattern and add it to her Ravelry library. She said it's a tough pattern; definitely not for beginners.   

Sweet Georgia Merino/Silk Lace in Melon ($39 CDN, $29 US)
Silky, shiny, springy and glossy, this yarn is a heavier 2-ply laceweight is perfect for lace knitting.
This lace yarn is beautiful. It's 50% merino wool and 50% silk. It's soft and lightweight. I don't like the colour, but my mom thought it was nice and summery. Sweet Georgia is a Canadian company and they are based in my hometown of Vancouver! The $39 price of this skein is Canadian dollars (as per the Sweet Georgia website), which today works out to just over $29 US. Sweet Georgia also has Yarn Subscriptions that are pretty affordable for Canadians. Click here to find out more about the Sweet Georgia's Club Subscriptions.

Row Counter with Backlight ($5.99)
A digital row counter ring that you can wear around your finger as you knit. It includes an LED back-light so you can count your rows even in dim lighting, and it counts up to 5 digits.
My mom says this is a very useful item, especially with the back-light.

Seed Beads in Mojito (30g, $1.99)
We packed 30g of #10 seed beads in a color chosen to pair beautifully with your yarn, packed in cute little glass vials. Subscribers received beads in either Mojito, Sea Glass, or Lilac. Also included was enough 30 gauge wire to make a few threaders to add the beads to the shawl.
My mom has never used beads in knitting before, so she will be sure to check out the totorial Yarn Crush posted on their blog.

The inaugural Yarn Crush box included a shawl pattern with the yarn and accessories required to complete the project. It's a well curated collection. The merino silk lace yarn included is beautiful. My mom lives on Vancouver Island so we collaborated for the review via e-mail, but she can't wait to get her hands on all the goodies in this box. Right off the bat, the Row Counter will prove very useful. I'm hoping she can figure out the pattern and make the shawl for me... or with winter coming, maybe this one instead. The retail value of the items in this box is just under $43 US. This box costs $32.99 US, so the value guarantee is met. Unfortunately for Canadians, the box cost is actually over $45 US when you add in HST and shipping. In Canadian dollars today, it's just under $60.

Yarn Crush is currently running a promo - sign up and receive free shipping on your first month. That's a savings of $8.50.

Click here to check out Yarn Crush.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

SprezzaBox Review - August 2015 - Men's Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This post contains affiliate links and this box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? SprezzaBox
How Much? $34 per month, including shipping (US$). Save on 3, 6, and 12 month terms.
What’s in it? 3-4 lifestyle products and 1 grooming item to help a man redefine his style experience.

SprezzaBox is a subscription box for men that sends 4-5 products each month to help men add more style to their wardrobes. Each box will contain 3-4 lifestyle products and 1 grooming item. A typical box will have a tie, socks, an accessory and a grooming product. You may also be surprised with an occasional pocket square, bow tie, cuff links, or other trendy product. SprezzaBox is geared towards the "modern corporate man, everyday dapper gent ", or just those looking to spruce themselves up once in a while!
Each box is chosen based on seasons, current fashion trends and most importantly the quality. Our head stylist personally hand picks, wears and styles the products before curating each box.
The August box is called "Empire Box". Each box is named after a street or landmark in New York City.

First look

Yo Sox! ($9.95)
Yo-Sox! is Canadian, based in Toronto! Check out their Canadian Sock Bundle. For every pair they sell, they donate to provide one meal to someone in need. They also have a Sock of the Month Club for men and women! That's a new one for the Box List. These size are nice and thick and I may save them for myself for winter!

Bull + Moose Tie ($39)
This small dot pattern can be paired with a solid or a plaid. I received the "purple" box but this tie passes as blue for me. It's 100% cotton and lined.

Salt + Dapper Pocket Square ($15)
This fine-check is a greish-purple shade. The print and colour are neutrals that will go with many looks.

Weekend Casual Tie Clip ($12)
I think this is the first tie clip I've received from Sprezza and it's great. The arrow design is basic and silver goes with most everything.

Dr. Squatch Gold Moss Scrub (Sample, $2)
I received a full size of this soap in another box and gifted it to my Dad. This bar is scented with musky oak moss and a hint of cocoa.

The August SpezzaBox included five items with a retail value of $77.95 US. This box costs $34 US for Canadians. It's a great, versatile collection this month. Each piece can be paired with many different looks and can be dressed up or down. The tie clip is my favourite!

If this box interests you, it's available for sale in the Sprezza store. You can pick Blue or Purple (like my box). There are several other past boxes available as well, some on sale for as low as $20.

Ready to sign up? You can save 10% off your first box on a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription, or save 15% off your entire purchase in the Sprezza Store. Use promo code BOXADDICT10 at checkout to claim your discount.

Click here to check out SprezzaBox.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Birchbox Review - August 2015 - Canadian Beauty Subscription Box

This post contains referral links.
What is it? Birchbox Canada
How Much? $10/month plus $4.95 shipping, or $159.40/year including shipping (CDN $)
What’s in it? Five personalized beauty samples, tailored to your profile.

Birchbox is the premiere beauty sampling service in the US and it's the service that launched the entire beauty box craze. Established in New York in 2010 by two friends, Birchbox now has operations in the UK, France, Spain, Belgium, and Canada.

Your samples will include beauty products from all different categories, including makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrance. You'll get to try cult favorites, new launches, and more. Birchbox will also try to tailor products to meet your beauty needs by following your Beauty Profile. Things like hair colour, eye colour, skin tone, and hair texture is  taken into consideration.
To see all my past Birchbox reviews, click here.

Soak it up! 

As summer peaks (temp-wise and watermelon-consumption-wise), we're taking advantage of every last minute. That means embracing air-dried hair, ensuring our skincare is SPF-heavy and keeping our makeup minimal.

I love the swimming pool print on the box this month. It even has a shallow end and a deep end!

First look 

Crabtree & Evelyn Ultra Moisturizing Hand Therapy (25g, $5.50)
The luxurious and restorative skin therapy rewards users with instantly smoother, hydrated hands thanks to nourishing vitamins and antioxidants.
This is a new brand for Birchbox Canada. It's nice to see them come out with new samples. This is a nice, rich cream, but I don't love the scent.

Number 4 Blow Dry Lotion (30ml, $7.20)
Part thermal protector and part leave-in treatment, it’s packed with natural botanicals to keep your strands healthy and smooth.
Another blow dry serum. Nothing exciting.

amika Nourishing Mask (20ml, $4.33)
This lush mask works as a weekly treatment or an everyday deep conditioner. In the shower, smooth a generous amount through damp hair, concentrating on the ends. Let the mask sink in for two to five minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Another hair mask... nothing exciting.

LAQA & Co. Cheeky Lip in Cray Cray (Coral Peach - 1 tube, $8.67)
Each creamy formula works as both cheek and lip color, and the sleek gold crayon makes it ultraeasy to dab on.
The peach colour is terrible for my complexion. It would have been okay if it was a sheer colour, but unfortunately it was very peach.

skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (1 pair, $4.13)
Skyn's cooling eye gels—loaded with Icelandic glacial water and Arctic botanical extracts—are unbeatably refreshing. They reduce the appearance of puffiness and fine lines while working to brighten, firm, and soothe delicate undereye skin.
I don't know if these work, but I love using eye gels. I put a pair on and lay back and relax.

My August Birchbox Canada included five items with an approximate value just under $30 CDN. This box cost me $13.28 CDN with a year long pre-paid subscription. My box included one makeup item, two hair care items, and two skincare items. I found it odd that my box included Blow Dry Lotion when the product card this month says we are supposed embrace air-dried hair, but I've come to learn that the theme write ups don't usually relate to the samples anyway. I was happy to see the skyn Iceland eye gels. I'm a fan of their products and hope to sample more in upcoming boxes.The only product I absolutely do not like is the LAQA lip pencil.

A sneak peek (of sorts) has been released for September. Next month, every box will include a special bonus:
This month, we’re celebrating our amazing subscribers—you're the reason we do what we do! As a thank you, every September box will include a 20% off code to use in our Shop!
Click here for Birchbox Canada.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Honest Co. - Now Available in Canada!


This news is too good not to share. Honest Company products are now available for purchase in Canada from Well.ca! No more paying a 25% surcharge and dealing with the exchange rate.

It doesn't look like everything is currently available, but I'm sure they will be adding more as time goes on. I'm planning on cancelling my subscription with Honest Co. and instead will source my favourite Honest products from Well.ca.

Well.ca also offers an Honest bundling program. Pick 5 different Honest Essentials products and save 10% on your order. Click here to find out more.

Click here to check out all the Honest Company brand products available from Well.ca. 

Click here to see my past Honest Company Essentials Bundle reviews.

For those that aren't familiar with Well.ca, it's Canada’s online destination for health, beauty and baby products, with a real commitment to Green and Natural products. Well.ca offers over 50,000 products with free shipping in Canada on orders over $29.

I've found a lot of hard-to-locate products discovered through subscription boxes at Well.ca. Along with being the Canadian source for Honest Company products, they also carry Pacifica, Cargo Cosmetics, Mrs. Crimbles (from Little Life Box!) and many, many more great brands and products.

It's a pretty great site so be sure to check it out!


For the record - this post does not contain affiliate links or anything that will benefit me financially. I am posting this because I am a huge fan of Well.ca and order from them regularly. When I saw that they now carry Honest Company products, I was so excited, I couldn't wait to come and share it with you guys!

Bakers Krate Review - August 2015 - Canadian Baked Goods Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Bakers Krate
How Much? $19.99 per month, plus $9.99 shipping (CDN$)
What’s in it? 6 or more gourmet desserts delivered to your door
   
Bakers Krate is a new Canadian subscription that sends gourmet, artisan baked good straight to your door each month. Bakers Krate curates different sweets and desserts from Canadian bakeries and treat makers. Each box contains at least six different fresh baked goods for you to enjoy.
Whether you like it sweet or savoury, we got you covered! Tired of Bakery Hopping to find out what's good? We do the research and bring the good stuff to you!
There are three subscription options for Bakers Krate, but only one is available to subscribers outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Bakers Krate Original - Winnipeg only. $19.98 per month. Free hand delivery.
  • Bakers Krate Jr. - Winnipeg only. $15.99 per month. Free hand delivery.
  • Bakers Krate Sweet Express - Canada wide. $19.99 per month plus $9.99 shipping.  

Bakers Krate ships throughout the month, between the 1st and the 20th. Sign up before the 19th of the month and you will receive that month's box. You can skip a month or cancel anytime.

One thing to note is that Bakers Krate cannot accommodate allergies. Products in Bakers Krate may contain nuts, wheat, soy, dairy, eggs, and other common allergens. This warning is printed right on the outside of the box too. If you have food allergies, it's best to avoid this service.

Baker's Krate includes a product card, with "Best Before" dates and an ingredients list. I really appreciate that they stamped Best Before dates for each item. It helped me decide which treats to consume first! The little fork taped to the underside of the lid is a nice touch too, but I didn't find it necessary once I started digging in.

This month we are sampling treats from Winnipeg bakeries cake-ology and Goodies Bake Shop.

The treats are packed with a bit of crinkle paper and a cardboard divider. One of my cake balls was a bit damaged from being tossed around in transit, but nothing major. More packing paper might help keep the treats safe and secure.

Goodies Bake Shop Blueberry Crumble 
A juicy blueberry layer covered with a soft, crumbly topping.
There was something off about the taste of this one. The ingredients list shows that the crumble portion was made of margarine, which is probably what I was tasting. Margarine is the worst!

cake-ology Red Velvet Cakette
A drop of moist red velvet cake covered with white chocolate.
This was DELICIOUS! I'm glad it was only a bite and not an entire cake. I would have eaten the entire thing myself. 

cake-ology Vanilla Cakette 
A soft vanilla cake inside, coated with white chocolate.
This one was tasty too, but not as good as the Red Velvet. 

cake-ology Saskatoon Imperial Cookie
Two layers of shortbread sugar cookies sandwiched with Saskatoon jam and iced with royal icing.
The cookie portion was amazing. Best sugar cookie I've had in ages. The jam was overshadowed by the cookie and icing though.

cake-ology Raspberry Imperial Cookie 
Two shortbread sugar cookies sandwiched with raspberry jam and iced with royal icing.
 Same thoughts on this one. Cookie amazing. Jam was lost. My boyfriend and I actually couldn't even distinguish between the raspberry and the Saskatoon berry.

Goodies Bake Shop Chocolate Brownie Square
A soft brownie cake layer, generously coated with a layer of decadent milk chocolate.
It should be no surprise that this was the first treat I consumed and I was surprised to find this had a true chocolate frosting layer. The cake layer was moist and chocolatey. This was my favourite of the entire box.

The August Bakers Krate included six baked goods from two bakeries in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It's impossible to put a value on these items, but based on the box cost, it's $3.33 per item ($5 per item if you factor in shipping). I think it's a pretty fair value. By comparison, a local cafe down the street from me sells brownies and bars for $3-5 and cookies for $2-4. While I didn't enjoy every treat this month, I sure did enjoy unboxing and sampling everything. Bakers Krate is a great box and would make a wonderful gift for a sweet lover in your life.

Are you interested in trying Bakers Krate? You can save 15% off your first month when you sign up for the Bakers Krate Sweet Express. Just enter ADDICT in the promo code section at checkout.

Click here to check out Bakers Krate.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Pleasuresack Review - August 2015 - Adult Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Pleasuresack
How Much? Starts at $59 for 1 month, plus $15 shipping (US$). Save on term subscriptions.
What’s in it? Includes sexy surprises like romance enhancers, lingerie, adult accessories, personal play things, bedroom beauty and much, much more.

Pleasuresack is a company that deals in human fulfillment. Pleasuresack is owned and operated by a married couple. Through their online store and month subscription, the couple behind Pleasuresack brings you products they connect with, love, and use themselves. With Pleasuresack Monthly, Pleasuresack offers a better way to discover and enjoy erotic and sensual products in the privacy of your own home. Pleasuresack ships in a discreet package and the return sender listed as the name of a nondescript company. No need to worry about your postal carrier giving you a knowing look every time you cross paths!

You can order a one-time box for $59, or sign up for a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription, each costing only $56, $53, and $49 per month, respectively. Shipping is free in the US or an additional $15 to Canada. When you sign up, enter your gender and underwear size. The rest is all up to chance.

Those that are curious can check out the rest of the review after the jump.


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Carnivore Club Review - August 2015 - Canadian Gourmet Food Subscription Box + PROMO CODE!

This box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Carnivore Club
How Much? $50 per month, includes shipping. $55 one time purchase. Gift options also available.
What’s in it?  4 to 6 selections of handcrafted cured meats from top artisans

Carnivore Club is a Canadian subscription service that aims to satisfy your inner carnivore! Carnivore Club sends and impressive faux-wood box filled with 4-6 handcrafted cured meats from top artisans.
Each month’s box is themed around one producer specializing in a particular style of cured meats: French Charcuterie, Italian Salumi, Spanish Chorizo, South African Biltong and Artisanal Jerky are but a few.
Carnivore Club offers monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly subscriptions. You can also purchase a single month (non-recurring) to try it out, or purchase gift subscriptions for your friends. Cancellation is easy and can be done any time through your online account. They also have a referral program, which earns you $15 credit for every friend that signs up and places an order.
The supplier for August is Carmichael's Meats, a leading Ontario carrier of exotic and niche meats you won't find widely elsewhere.

Carnivore Club meats are cured, which means they have a shelf life of 40-60 days when stored at room temperature. The meats can be shipped safely as is, but once your box arrives, it's recommended that the meats be refrigerated. For maximum flavour, let the meat rest at room temperature for 10 minutes prior to serving. 

Salami Chips (2 x 25g bags, $11.98)
Made from pure premium salami in Ontaria, Salami Chips are high in protein and make a great snack. It's said to be an alternative to jerky - crunchy and meat. I didn't find the chips crunchy at all. It was more like someone left a meat platter out overnight and the salami dried out. I wouldn't buy these.

Bison Pepperettes (8 pack, $10)
I'm familiar with bison (aka buffalo) and often substitute ground beef for ground bison. It's a leaner, richer meat and these pepperettes are a nice treat.

Kangaroo Pepperettes (8 pack, $10)
Kangaroo!? Yup. And guess what? It's pretty good. Actually the seasonings were so heavy that I couldn't really taste the "flavour" of the meat itself. I served this for a snack over the weekend and all my guests agreed it was tasty and not at all offensive (as we kind of expected at first!).

The product card included a lot of information about kangaroo meat and how it is harvested. The wild kangaroo population has exploded in recent years so the Australian government allows harvesting, under strict control, for commercial purposes. Wild kangaroos aren't raised on farms and they're harvested humanly under strict government guidelines. The indigenous kangaroos live free-range, eating only organic food in the wild, making it a more Eco-friendly source for commercial meat (versus conventional factory farming set ups). Read more about it here

German Salami ($15)
I learned after I sliced this that it needed to be peeled. Oops! The salami was nice and lean, but I found it lacked seasoning. Maybe that's normal for this style; I'm not really sure. 

SOSS Spice Steak Bite ($8)
According to the product card, this box was supposed to include Carmichael Summer Sausage. Instead I received this bottle of steak seasoning. I'm not sure if it's a substitution or if it was meant to be a bonus item and the summer sausage was left out by mistake. I used the spice on steaks over the weekend and it's good. There is a bit of bite in it from peppery spices.

The August Carnivore Club box, featuring a selection of meats from Carmichael's in Ontario, included five products with a retail value of $55.98 CDN. This box costs $50 CDN with shipping. Aside from one product being subbed out for another, it's a great box. I like that they included new and interesting products to try out. The Salami Chips are brand new on the Canadian market so I was excited to try them. I've never consumed kangaroo meat before, so that was another great one to try.


Are you interested in trying Carnivore Club? Use promo code boxaddict10 to save 10% off your first box.

Click here to check out Carnivore Club.


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